Pour Alto Seul //

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St. Jacob's church & Fylkingen, Stockholm
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Monday, February 12, 2018
Special thanks to Lars Jönsson, Lisa Ullén, Gary Graden, Jan Nygård, Stina, Hugo, Elis and Esra
Johan Arrias
  • 1. Lament (04:57)
  • 2. Ruins (05:14)
  • 3. Resonance (03:03)
  • 4. Abandoned City (04:24)
  • 5. Wind Variations (02:53)
  • 6. Impromptu (03:01)
  • 7. Rivers (02:44)
  • 8. For Luigi Nono (04:41)

Johan Arrias - alto saxophone

- sparse exploration of the alto saxophone in the context of contemporary sonic practe, a music in ruins

"Fantastisk musik" / "Amazing music" - Johan Jacobsson Franzén, Orkesterjournalen

"Ruins become the unconscious of a city, its memory, unknown, darkness, lost lands, and in this truly bring it to life. With ruins a city springs free of its plans into something as intricate as life, something that can be explored but perhaps not mapped."

- Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

POUR ALT SEUL is Arrias’s first solo work. It came about as a result of a work period early 2018 and does not claim to provide a comprehensive picture of the artist, but is an exploration of more specific ideas. In eight tracks with strong musical identities Arrias explores the saxophone as a sole voice and sound source, and to some extent his own identity. The recordings create an atmosphere of being alone among ruins; a desolate environment, a harsh but promising and exiting place full of memories, darkness, obscurity and opportunities. If the approach to the work came from the interest in the saxophone in itself, resonance, sound, musical identity and expression, then the selection and post-processing turned out be more about Arrias’s personal identity and reflections on a varied background which consists of a grandfather from Surinam, who fled World War II, to unite with the grandmother from Pajala, in Jönköping.

All compositions, recording, editing, mix, master and layout by Johan Arrias (STIM). Cover photo by Lars Jönsson. Photo of the ruins of Äyräpää church, 1941 by Viljo Pietinen.